Year 1 Rosary
Across the school, all children have been saying the Rosary daily as we are in the month of May. Each class has made a pledge of how many times they will try to say the Rosary this month. The 'Faith Friends' have been leading the prayers in all the Junior classes. Here are the Y1 children saying their Rosary.
Stations of the Cross
As we are unable to lead the devotion of the Stations of the Cross in St Vincent's Church, the children have recorded the meditations and we have created a video to support families to journey with Jesus each week from the comfort of their homes. The video is accessible via all Google Classroom accounts and can also be accessed by clicking here.
Christmas Concerts 2020
This year, we were not able to hold live concerts because of the Coronavirus restrictions. But we did not let that us stop us. Our children in the infants retold the Nativity story through action and song while the junior children had composed and performed poems they had written describing the impact Covid-19 has had on our lives, linking it to the Christmas story.
As part of our preparations for Jesus' birth, we traced Jesus' ancestors on a Jesse Tree. We heard their stories and reflected upon what they can teach us as we ready our hearts to welcome Jesus at Christmas.
Focusing on Kindness and Compassion
This term, in our liturgies and PSHE learning, we are thinking about what it means to be kind and compassionate towards others. We have heard what the Bible teaches us about kindness and everyone has been making the effort to carry out acts of kindness - the infants have been trying to fill their kindness buckets and the juniors have created a kindness tree.
Judaism Week 2nd - 6th November 2020
This week children in Y1 - Y6 learned about various aspects of Judaism as part of their learning in RE. Each class was fortunate to have virtual workshops given by a member of the Jewish community to help us all understand what we had learned.
November is a month of remembrance
In a special liturgy, we took time to remember all those who have died. We compared our life and death to that of a butterfly. Our life on earth is similar to that of a caterpillar. When we die, just like when the caterpillar forms a chrysalis, we no longer live in that form. After our body has died, our soul lives on starting a beautiful new life in heaven. This can be likened to the transformation that takes place forming the butterfly.
Each butterfly in this display in our main entrance names the people we know who have died who we are praying for throughout this month of remembrance.
October is the month of the Holy Rosary
In our liturgy, we explored the rosary, what it is and how we pray it. Every morning, at the start of the day, we are saying a decade of the rosary in our classroom.
We have made a large 'rosary' which is on display in the main entrance.
Mass for the Year ahead
Father Pat streamed mass for us to celebrate the start of the new academic year. Each class was able to watch and participate in this celebration from their classroom bubble.
The Wednesday Word
Throughout this Coronavirus Lockdown, the Wednesday Word will be posted here to support children and families. Fr Pat streams Mass live every Sunday at 10am via the parish website or their Facebook page.
Lent Scripture Eggs
Our liturgies throughout Lent in this Year of the Word are focused on pieces of scripture from Matthew's account of the Easter Story.
In each liturgy, we look at an object linked to the scripture and discuss what the verse could be about. Then, we open an egg to reveal the scripture before reflecting on its meaning in the story and in our lives today.
Junior Carol Service 2019 - Where are you Christmas?
The children in KS2 reminded us that in today’s world, there is a real danger that the true meaning of Christmas will disintegrate. When Christ is pushed out of Christmas, He is pushed out of our hearts, and we will not be able to know what joy is.
In their concert they asked the question, ‘Where are you Christmas?’
Through songs, carols and poems written by each class, they found that the true meaning of Christmas can be found in many symbols associated with the season.
Christmas is in the ringing of the Church bells, celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Christmas is in the stars, reminding us how the Wise men were led to the place of Jesus’ birth, Bethlehem.
Christmas is in the flicker of a candle flame, helping us to remember that Jesus is the Light of the world.
Christmas is in the holly. The prickles represent the crown of thorns; the berries represent the blood that was spilled when Jesus died for us.
Christmas is in our hearts. It is a time of God showing His great love for us by sending his son to be our saviour. The children helped us to understand that this love is one that we can all share, not just at Christmas time but all of the time.
Infant Nativity 2019
The children in KS1 reminded us of the real meaning of Christmas in their performance of 'The Bossy Fairy'. They taught us that Christmas is not about ourselves and what we want; it is about Jesus' birth.
Our liturgies throughout Advent are helping us to getting ourselves ready for the birth of Jesus.
Each week, we light a candle on the Advent wreath in our liturgies and Advent prayer stations around the school help us to reflect on our lives as we approach Christmas.
At our special liturgy of Remembrance in November, we thought about all those we know who have died; our friends, families and loved ones. We watched excerpts of The Lion King to help us to understand that even though it is upsetting when someone dies, they will always live on in us.
We wrote the names of people we wanted to remember on hearts and displayed them in the Entrance Hall.